Durrant spurned Art College to become a chef at the age of 18, working in his native Cheshire before moving down to London. It was here that he experienced his first taste of working in a Michelin star kitchen, joining Gordon Ramsay’s Hospital Road shortly after it had won its third Michelin star and flat-sharing with a young Paul Ainsworth.
If Hospital Road was notoriously a ‘sink or swim’ environment, Durrant’s ten years under Ramsay puts him firmly into the latter category, impressing his mentor with his cooking talent and flair for management. He eventually moved on to work at Claridges and then furthered his reputation with a spell as Head Chef at Jason Atherton's Maze - a period which saw the restaurant win its first Michelin star and Durrant credits as a ‘finishing school’.
But his dream had always been to open his own establishment, and The Plough Inn represented an ideal opportunity to get his name above the door.
Despite his background in high-end cuisine, Durrant prefers to keep things a little simpler at The Plough. But there are more than enough touches to keep things interesting; dishes like Surf and Turf (braised pork belly and cockles) and a Cod fish pie with grilled, burnt and puréed leeks, duck egg emulsion and cheddar and potato velouté demonstrate his special talent.
Durrant made his Great British Menu debut in 2014, getting through to the final banquet with his veal main course.